Charles Schwab Challenge 2020: Picks based on Trends

Golf is finally back! It has been 87 days since Friday the 13th haunted us with a halt of the Player Championship back in March. This week is the start to the new looked and slightly bizarre fan-less PGA Tour. Players, fans and degenerates alike could not be more excited for the Charles Schwab Challenge 2020 to commence amid the Covid-19 crisis. The goal of this article is simple…to tell you who will win the Charles Schwab Challenge 2020. The fantasy golf community has already released some valuable information including, some hot trends that determine what is needed in order to win the Charles Schwab challenge. Here are the trends we will be looking at in order to find our winner of the first tournament back to the PGA Tour 2020 season.


– Three of the past four winners finished T14 or better at Colonial in the prior season before their win.

– Each of the past seven winners of the Fort Worth Invitational had a T8 finish or better on the PGA Tour in their previous six starts before their respective win.

Author: Twitter – @Thefantasygrind

Trend #1: The only winner of the last four years that did not finish T14 or better at the Colonial in the prior season was Justin Rose back in 2017. This trend is one that may have a very small sample size however, it does tell me that course history may be more important than your usual courses. Without further adieu, here is the list of golfers that came T14 or better last year:

  • Kevin Na (Winner)
  • Tony Finau
  • Cheng Tsung Pan
  • Andrew Putnam
  • Rory Sabbatini
  • Ryan Palmer
  • Russel Knox
  • Jordan Spieth
  • Mack Hughes
  • Nick Watney
  • Charley Hoffman
  • Jim Furyk
  • Brian Gay
  • Peter Uihlein

Trend #2: This trend is attempting to illustrate that recent form may be a factor to crowning the winner to the Charles Schwab Challenge 2020. It seems as though you cannot come into this tournament ice cold or without any glimmer of success in your previous 6 starts leading up to the tournament. According to fantasynational , the only players to reach this criterion that are also within the list above are:

  • Tony Finau
  • Ryan Palmer
  • Mackenzie Hughes
  • *if you change the position to T9 or 9th*, Kevin Na and Jordan Spieth are added to this list

“Since 2001 every winner of the #CharlesSchwabChallenge other than Jordan Spieth (2016) has been in their 30s or 40s. Half of the winners have been 37 or older. 5 winners were 42 or older. Avg age of winners in this time: 36.4 years old. GOLF IS BACK BABY!!! #OldGuys


Trend #3: This is a trend that again talks more to course history and golfers’ familiarity with the golf course. Being a first time player at Colonial is never easy with its course setup which includes enclosed tree-lines. The list of players that meet all 3 of our trend criterion are:

  • Tony Finau (30)
  • Ryan Palmer (43)

That’s it. That’s the list. Tony Finau ($8,700 on Draftkings) is currently slated at 40 to 1 and is still in search of that first PGA tour win since Puerto Rico in 2016. Finau has finished T34 or better during his last 4 starts at Colonial. Ryan Palmer ($7,400 on Draftkings) seems like a great play this week for both cash game considerations and a sub $7,500 filler to a lineup. Palmer has 2 T10 finishes in his last 4 starts at this course and can be found at 80 to 1.

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